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Study Hubs

Beginning September 8, McGill students can take advantage of re-imagined safe study spaces on campus that are designed for quiet and individual study.

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Service Overview

Beginning September 8, McGill students can take advantage of new Study Hubs — re-imagined safe spaces on campus that are designed for quiet and individual study. These spaces have been retrofitted to allow for physical distancing and follow all of McGill’s careful safety protocols, including enhanced cleaning, mandatory mask use when circulating, safe lineups, and clear signage. 

Librarians are available at downtown locations to answer reference questions or help with research. From 31 August to 23 December 2020, McGill community members can also chat with or text a librarian seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. via the virtual reference service.

Hub locations
Take a 360-degree, virtual tour of the spaces

Reserve a spot

- Book one 3-hour time slot per day, up to two weeks in advance.

- Within the floor that you booked, seating is first-come, first served. It is not assigned. 

- If there are available seats, bookings can be made the day of, up to two hours in advance of a morning or afternoon timeslot.

- Hubs are open Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm, with the following time slots available for booking:

  • Redpath Library Building, main floor - 9AM to noon
  • Redpath Library Building, main floor - 1:30PM to 4:30PM
  • Redpath Library Building, Cyberthèque, ground floor  - 10AM to 1PM
  • Redpath Library Building, Cyberthèque, ground floor  - 2PM to 5PM
  • Nahum Gelber Law Library - 9AM to noon
  • Nahum Gelber Law Library - 1PM to 5PM
  • Macdonald Campus, Barton Building - 1:30PM to 4:30PM

Book a time slot


    What to know before coming to a study hub
      • Please bring your McGill I.D. to gain access to the space. Study hubs are open to current McGill students, staff and instructors.
      • Book your study location and time slot (morning or afternoon) in advance. Users won’t be able to book on behalf of someone else. Time slots will be for a three-hour period.
      • Users can only book one timeslot per day but can book unlimited days per week. There are no drop-in hours.
      • Access to the Cyberthèque and the Law Library second floor is via stairs only (not elevators). 
      • This on-campus activity respects McGill’s careful safety protocols.
      • As per the directives from the Quebec Ministry of Health and McGill's safety protocols, masks/face coverings must be worn when accessing entrances/exits, corridors, common areas and washrooms. Mask/face coverings must also be worn when 2 metre physical distancing is not possible. Please respect the 2 metre distancing protocol when possible. Wearing a mask/face covering while seated and working in the study hub is optional.
      • Cleaning will occur between each study period.
      • Please follow all directional and physical distancing signage.
      • Computers, and some seats and furniture have been removed. Please do not move the furniture, it has been organized to respect physical distancing.
      • You may arrive anytime during your booking. Please ensure you leave on time so we have ample time to clean the space for the next student. You may leave before your booking is over. Please exit without lingering or talking with other students. This helps ensure the quiet study and distance protocols are maintained.
      • Choose any available seat on the floor that you reserved. The booking system uses "seat numbers" to track the number of people, however seating is not assigned and these numbers do not correspond to a specific seat.  
      • If you are unable to make your booking, please cancel it. To cancel your booking, click the cancellation link at the bottom of your confirmation email.

      What's available in the study hub? What can I do?
      • Private cubicle and tables are available.
      • Space is for quiet, individual study only. Groups are not permitted.
      • Librarians are available on-site at downtown locations to answer reference questions or help with research. From August 31 to December 23, 2020, McGill community members can also chat or text a librarian seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. via the virtual reference service.
      • Printing using U-Print is available only for students who have booked a timeslot in the Redpath Library or Law Library Study Hub. Drop-in printing is not available.
      • Please feel free to bring a reusable water bottle or other sealed drink container. Water fountains are available to refill your water bottle but drinking directly from the fountains will not be permitted. Food is not allowed in the Study Hubs.
      • Power sources in the Study Hubs are available. 85% of Redpath Library Building and Law Library spaces are outfitted with outlets at every seat. We recommend that hub users leave home with a fully charged device in case an outlet isn’t available. Charging stations for cellphones and laptops won’t be accessible. Chargers cannot be borrowed from the library.
      • These study spaces are not traditional library spaces. Circulating through the stacks or using common areas is not permitted. McGill students, faculty and staff members who need to borrow a book are to use the McLennan-Redpath Terrace Pickup Service or the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service.

      Do not enter the Study Hub if you:
      • experience any symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, difficulty breathing, sudden loss of smell)
      • have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 during the last 14 days
      • have been travelling outside of Canada in the last 14 days

      Frequently Asked Questions

      What safety measures are in place?

      This on-campus activity respects McGill’s careful safety protocols. These spaces are specifically designed to allow for quiet study in spaces that are retrofitted to allow for physical distancing. Computers, and some seats and furniture have been removed. The furniture in the spaces has been adjusted to ensure safe distances. Sanitizing stations are positioned in key areas. Cleaning will occur between each study period. Entrance and exit points will be clearly marked and one way only.

      Do I have to wear a mask?

      As per directives by the Quebec Ministry of Health and McGill University, everyone entering and circulating in McGill buildings must wear a mask or a face covering, including in entrance and reception areas, elevators, corridors, common areas and washrooms. Mask/face coverings must also be worn when two metre physical distancing is not possible. Wearing a mask while seated and working in the study hub is optional. McGill University cleaning staff will clean the Study Hub between bookings.

      I want to browse the stacks. Why are the stacks off limits?

      Since the start of the pandemic in March, the library has had to react quickly to the information needs of faculty, students and staff. When we turned on access to the HathiTrust Digital Library’s Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) in April the Library was able to make over 2 million books from our print collection (including copyright materials) available to the McGill community. Many of our items are protected by copyright law but are made available temporarily digitall due to involuntary closure of McGill Library. Under the terms of this temporary service, the only way we can legally continue to provide users with access to digital versions of books that are held on our shelves is to close the stacks to the public. McGill Library users can browse the e-resources collection and print collection via WorldCat Discovery. This temporary service gives all students, no matter where they are in the world, access to materials on our shelves. Without it, students who are not studying in the city, would not be able to access materials for their own research.

      How do I book an appointment and how far in advance do I need to book it?

      You can book one three-hour time slot per day up to two weeks in advance. If there are available seats, bookings can be made the day of, up to two hours in advance of a morning or afternoon timeslot. Only the person who made the booking is permitted into space. You cannot book a seat on behalf of another person. The hubs are for individual, quiet study.

      Is there a limit on the number of appointments I can book (per week, per semester, at a time)?

      In order to ensure that all students who choose to study on campus have a chance to book a seat, space users can book one time slot per day but can book unlimited days per week. There are no other limits.

      Will I have computer/printing access?

      Printing is available in the Redpath Library and Law Library Study Hubs, but computers are not available at any hub. Students must book a seat in order to access the printer. After printing, please follow the on-site self-sanitation guidelines to keep the printer clean.

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